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The word has come to mean that pleasantly smelling anesthetic or also a solvent. But ether is much more. Its meanings are like the clear air in the sky beyond the upper reaches of clouds. Astronauts flew into the ether before reaching space. But way back when, ether (spelled aether) was considered a very rarified and elastic substance that was believed to permeate all space. Ok so what does this have to do with cigars? Well this summer at the trade show, Jochy Blanco came out with a cigar called Black Abyss. It has been very popular and it has been hard keeping it in stock, especially at the price. Now Jochy has come up with another one, this time with Rafael Nodal from Boutique Blends. The duo have been making the highly rated Boutique Blends aged limited editions, like Aging Room Havao, Aging Room M 20, M 21 and M-356, Aging Room Maduro, Aging Room Quattro F66 and their newest, strongest cigar the Aging Room Bin No. 1. With that legacy, Nodal and Blanco developed Ether, a full-bodied Dominican Puro. The blend uses very old and aged Dominican Habano fillers with a terrific Dominican wrapper. If you like the Black Abyss, then Ether should really light your fire. Ether comes in 4 sizes, the Element at 6” x 52, the M.E. at 5.75” x 46, Flux is 5” x 54 and the Big Bang is a 6” x 60. The prices are great as well, running between $4 to $5.
Speaking of Jose Blanco—aka Jochy—he has been busy not only making Ether, Black Abyss and the Aging Room blends, but he is also working with his cousin, the OTHER Jose Blanco. Jose, not Jochy, is the one who worked for years at La Aurora as sales manager and worked on the blends for the company. Jose was always proud of his Barrel Aged blends because the factory took tobaccos and aged them in rum barrels. The barrels did not add sweetness, but just a bit more complexity to the aged tobaccos. After retiring form La Aurora, Jose went to Joya de Nicaragua for two years. Now he is back with his own company Las Cumbres and the debut cigar Señorial. Jose, who is older than I am, marked his 65th birthday last week. While many companies have marked their anniversaries—Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s 5th anniversary EPC, Quesada with their 40th anniversary among others—Blanco is marking the birthday with a special cigar: the Señorial 65th Anniversary for his birthday. The cigar is 100% Dominican with a Piloto Cubano wrapper from La Canela and the binder Dominican Corojo from La Canela; fillers are Dominican Piloto, Corojo Viso and Corojo Seco. The cigar comes in one size, a perfecto measuring 5.75” x 55. The price is $14 each but because Jose and Jochy are aging it the cigars won’t hit for a while…well after Jose’s birthday.
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Speaking of Jochy Blanco, he has been a busy man. Not only does he make all of Boutique Blends cigars, but he also is making his cousin Jose Blanco’s Señoral line of cigars. (Yes they are both named Jose Blanco, which is why Jochy uses his nickname.) But somehow, Jochy found time to make another new cigar, Black Abyss. This is what you expect from his factory Tabacalera La Palma, bold flavors with great construction. He uses a San Andres maduro wrapper over Corojo binder and criollo fillers. They are very reasonably priced with the MSRP ranging from $4.50 to $5.50. The only bad news is that they sell out fast.
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Boutique Blends at the show had several interesting cigars. If you don’t know the company you probably do know the cigars. They are the ones behind Aging Room. The first cigar out of that series was the M-356, which debuted in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 list for 2011. Heck of a way to start. For 2013, the Quattro F55 was named the number 2 cigar of the year by CA (only a Cuban beat it.) Both of these cigars, like all of the Aging Room products are limited. The company uses special aged tobaccos and once they run out that is it. The M-356 is about out of production (the tobacco is just about gone) so get them while you can. For this year, the company had another limited production cigar called Aging Room, Bin No. 1. This is what Rafael Nodal calls a strong cigar with flavor. And strong it is, I would recommend it after a steak dinner. He and master blender Jochy Blanco are using some really old tobacco that is very strong, but the age on the tobacco makes the cigar very smokable.
Another new entry from Boutique is La Boheme. Unlike the Aging Room lines this one will be in regular production and not limited. It uses an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper over Dominican Habano filler and binder. It comes in 4 sizes: Mini at 3.5” x 46 (which happens to be co-owner Hank Bischoff’s favorite size), Pittore at 5.125” x 52, Poeta 5.75” x 54 and Musico at 6.25” x 60. It is medium to full bodied with a great taste. The SWAG line is another regular production line. It comes in the SWAG-S , the SWAG Puro Dominicano and now the new addition to the line-up is the SWAG Black. Unlike the other SWAG cigars, the black is more full bodied, using a Habano seed wrapper over Dominican fillers and binder. It will be coming in four sizes from the 4.5” x 48 up to 6 x 60. List prices are $6.95 to $8.98. The last limited production item is the M020 ffortissimo. It is the sequel to last year’s M-21 it uses San Andres wrapper over Habano Dominican filler and binder and it too is full bodies. It comes in one figurado size 5.75” x 47, boxes of 10 and retails at about $14.
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